Jack Sullivan 

Updated Fall, 2017

Biology 483 - Mammalogy


Some Greek & Latin Word Roots.


Lecture 1. Introduction to Mammals. Notes Slides.

Reeder et al. (2007).

Arbogast et al. (2017).

Lecture 2. Origin of Mammals. Notes Slides.

Luo et al. (2002). A landmark paper on Cynodont phylogeny.

Rowe (1988). The argument for a crown-group definition of Mammalia.

Luo et al. (2015). A recent phylogeny of the late cynodonts.

Ruta et al. (2013). A recent paper that uses my preferred definition of Mammalia.

O'Leary et al. (2013). This paper argues that placental mammals did not radiate until after the dinosaur extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. (I think they're wrong, and the reasons are presented here and here.)

McNab (1978). The rationale for the Size Refugium Hypothesis on the evolution of endothermy.

Lecture 3. Mesozoic Mammals and Monotremes. Notes Slides.

Hu et al. (2005).

Luo (2007).

Rich et. al (1997).

Luo et. al (2011).

Lecture 4A. Metatherian Diversity. Notes Slides.

Lecture 4B. Eutherian Diversity. Notes Slides.

Lecture 5. The Disparity in Diversity between Metatherians & Eutherians. Notes Slides.

Cooper & Steppan (2010). A quantitative test of the constraints on Metatherian front limbs.

Lavialle et al. (2013). Evidence that the formation of the sycytio-trophoblast is mediated by genes acquired from endogenous retrovirus.

Cornelis et al. (2015). Evidence for a syncitio-trophoblast in Monodelphis, but not Australian metatherians.

Lecture 6. Dentition. Notes Slides.

Lecture 7. The Nature of Mammalian Species. Notes Slides.

Hoisington-Lopez et al. (2012). A paper that discusses species delimitation in cases of allopatry.

Sullivan et al. (2014). A review of rampant mtDNA introgression in chipmunks.

Lecture 8. Evolution of Ear Ossicles. Notes Slides.

Meng et al. (2011). Documents migration of malleus and incus off the jaw in a triconodont.

Takechi & Kuratani (2010). A good review of the evolution of mammalian ear ossicles and homologies across vertebrates.

Lecture 9. Locomotion I: Flight. Notes Slides.

Lecture 10. Locomotion II: Functional Morphology. Notes Slides.

Lecture 11. Locomotion III: Types of Locomotion. Notes Slides.

Lecture 12. Reproduction I: General Patterns. Notes Slides.

Lecture 13. Reproduction II: Morphology, Cyclicity, & Life History. Notes Slides.

Schultz et al. (2016). The authors demonstrate that the baculum has been gained and lost repeatedly among eutherian mammals.

Fisher et al. (2013). The authors conclude that extreme precopulatory sexual selection has driven the evolution of semelparity in Antechinus and a few other dasyurid genera.

Thom et al. (2004). The authors examine the evolution of delayed implantation in Carnivora in general and Mustelidae in particular.

Lecture 14. Social Behavior I: Degrees of Sociality. Notes Slides.

Lecture 15. Social Behavior II: Evolution of Social Behavior. Notes Slides.

Carter & Wilkinson (2013). A study of reciprocal altruism in Desmodus rotundus.

Silk (2013). A brief discussion on the rarity of reciprocal altruism.

Macdonald (1983). The seminal paper on the Resource Dispersion Hypothesis.

Johnson et al. (2002). A review of empirical evidence for the Resource Dispersion Hypothesis.

Elbroch et al. (2015). A recent paper on the RDH in Puma concolor.

Lecture 16. Arvicoline Population Cycles. Notes Slides.

Krebs et al. (2017). A recent review of predator-driven cycles in Lepus americanus.

Batzli & Patelka (1971). An early paper on the Food Hypothesis.

Graham & Lambin (2002). A predator-exclusion study.

Krebs (1978). An excellent discussion of the Chitty hypothesis.

Lidicker (1988). A multifactorial explanation.

Hestebeck (1982). Another multifactorial explanation.

Lecture 17. Mammalian Population Genetics. Notes Slides.

Lecture 18. Genetic Diversity and Population Viability. Notes Slides.

Sanvito et al. (2013). A discussion of northern elephant seal conservation genetics.

Terrell et al. (2016). A discussion of cheetah conservation genetics and inbreeding depression.

Miller et al. (2011). Documentation of low diversity in pre-disease populations of Tasmanian devils.

Epstein et al. (2016). The evolution of resistance from standing genetic variation in Tasmanian devils.

Garcia-Dorado (2015). An examination of genetic load being purged via inbreeding.

Reed (2010). A paper questioning the link between genetic diversity and population viability.

Lecture 19. Thermoregulation. Notes Slides.

Lecture 20. Water Balance. Notes Slides.

Lab Handouts

Lab 1. Mammalian Anatomy.

Lab 2. Monotremes, Metatherians, Xenarthra, and Insectivora (a.k.a. Eulipotyphla or Soricomorpha).

Lab 3. Chiroptera, Primates, Scandentia, & Dermoptera.

Lab 4. Rodents I: Sciuromorpha & Hystricomorpha.

Lab 5. Systematics.

Lab 6. Rodents II: Castorimorpha & Myomorpha.

Review for Lab Midterm. Study Guide.

Lab 7. Population Biology.

Lab 8. Lagomorpha.

Lab 9. Carnivora.

Lab 10. Cetartiodactyla and Perissodactyla.

Old Exams

Exam 1.

Study Guide for Eutherian Orders.

Exam 2.

Exam 3.